Tom is an energetic gentleman to say the least. I asked if I could skip the line, he told me, “No chance.” It wasn’t that long and we are way ahead of schedule, anyway, so we were happy to hang out and rap with him.
In my intros, I usually ramble on for about four minutes on everything I know about the place and the owner/chef/GM I have met with, and sometimes it’s good footage, but most of the time, it’s crap. These pieces get edited out for good reason.
We had three things: The BLUE BUCKS (Tom takes the orders and is quite vocal about his top seller), the Fried Green Tomatoes (my favorite), and the Maryland Crab Cake Benedict (the #1 rated crab-themed breakfast item in 24 in 24: DC). For my and for just about everyone else on Capitol Hill’s money, this was my favorite breakfast/brunch stop on 24 in 24: DC. The line was ridiculous by 8:00 AM (we queued up at twenty of) and we were happy to be filming by then. Tom and Market Lunch win the Most Personable/Most Fun award for 24 in 24: DC. He always has a smile on his face, and his employees always seem to be having a good time; I think they feed off that enthusiasm.
On the way over, I realized we were going to more restaurants in the U Street corridor than anywhere else in DC. I guess I love soul food, so let’s start it off right at Busboys and Poets.